Haslet Boy Scout honored for saving friend's life



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Posted on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 11:04 PM

HASLET -- The average Scout's uniform is peppered with badges of honor, but of all the awards a Boy Scout can earn, few can top the feeling that comes with saving a life.

Especially, if the life you save is that of one of your closest friends.

Last April, 15-year-old Cameron Haven's buddy, 13-year-old Josh Campbell, got a cinnamon roll stuck in his throat.

"His little sister and I were having a food eating contest, and I took the littlest bite to see if I could win, and started choking on it," Campbell said.

"I knew when his face turned purple that something wasn't right," Havens said.

Seeing that his friend's life was in danger, Havens sprung into action and performed the Heimlich maneuver. It was a technique he thought he'd never use, but learned in a scouting first-aid class as a member of Boy Scout Troop 2020 in Haslet.

"I kind of thought it was an underrated technique until I actually had to use it," Havens said. "It definitely gave me more respect for it."

As a result, Friday night Havens became just one of 126 Scouts nationwide to receive the Medal of Merit for Heroism.

During a ceremony at the Harvest Church in Watauga, he also got a standing ovation from his fellow Scouts, and the admiration of a friend who will always seem him as a lifesaver.

"If you ever have troubles, he's the kid to go to," Campbell said.

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